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Sea Wings, 2012 by snowmask Sea Wings, 2012 by snowmask


30x40" oil on gessoboard



Click to view work-in-progress

Click to view Closeup I

Click to view Closeup II

Circa January 2009 -




Circa August 2009 -








So I keep coming back to this one. It's a great concept.

My first serious oils! And it's massive. This is to scale!

This is actually not yet finished. It's one of those types of oil paintings that can take on dozens of glazes. I'd like to keep building on this one, establish even more contrasted and distinctive lighting.

However I have to stop at this point as this is going to a show from April to June in LA, The Eastern Aesthetic at La Galeria Gitana. I have 4 other paintings for this show, all of them watercolours.

So I'll be revisiting this painting amidst my concurrent projects. It'll be interesting to see it develop, and who knows how long it will take before I decide to stop for real.

My warm thanks to my dear husband `zerocomplex and good friends ^sphilr, `wroth, and `johnpaulthornton (who will also be at the show!). Your support and guidance are always deeply appreciated :heart:

And thank you all for looking!

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. . : : katherine-cheng.com : : . .

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:iconmisterhip:
MisterHip Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2015   Photographer
Wow!!! Was hard to even say that! Speechless that anyone, let alone someone I know, is capable of such a creation!!! I'm pretty sure my spirit companion animal is a bird (prolly a raven, or humming bird), that's prolly why I am sufficiently sorbed to this painting.
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cyci15 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so much improvement ._.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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PolaroidVanGogh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Photographer
Stunning as usual...Heart 
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withinmeloveresides1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Writer
She's got lovely eyes
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:iconrosane-chawi:
Rosane-Chawi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This is perfect! I love it, and I like the contrast between this version and the old ones from 2009.
Excellent work :) 
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:iconkerengoldian:
KerenGoldian Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Beautiful work.
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alexatennea Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the progression from your first attempt to this one. A clear show of your great improvement and how forever challenging yourself really pays off.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes :) I still don't think I got it just right though, but I like the outcome.
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bolsterstone Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   General Artist
Nicely done. Wouldn't quite call it pop art - but it is awesome. (I remember the aquarelle-crayon work and really liked that. It's interesting to see what it has morphed into. :clap: )
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you for checking this out! :)
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:iconshannc:
ShannC Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
awesome, how do you find oils, i was considering them at one point but love watercolor
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I greatly prefer oils to watercolours. So much more forgiving and so much more I can do with them :) It is the ultimate medium.
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Strawberry579 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
simply amazing as usual :D
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconstrawberry579:
Strawberry579 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome. :heart:
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shikokumaji Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Holy crap ... your oil painting is phenomenal, Katie! I miss seeing your work so much -- you've improved a ton! I LOVE it! :love: Your attention to detail is amazing, hun. :heart: Also, hope your show went well. :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you! Sorry it took so long to respond... having a baby and everything puts a lot in life on hold! :) Glad you enjoyed this painting. And yes the show was phenomenal! Hope you are well :heart:
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:iconsrudy:
SRudy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't get enough of it, Katie you're so talented :heart:

Can't wait to see more of you :aww:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you.
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Featured :heart: [link]


:iconthefavouriteshowcase: Thank you for being a member!
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:iconphotelle:
PhotElle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is heaps cool, love it!!! =D
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconphotelle:
PhotElle Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries! :)
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:iconmiskis:
miskis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Your work always takes my breath away.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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mary8888 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!It's beautiful! I love the colors! Great job :D

By the way, how can you do smooth shades with oils? Because I have already painted with acrylics ( it seems to be similar) and I didn't know how to make them.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oils is a lot more forgiving and slower-drying than acrylics, therefore it's a lot easier to smooth out gradients in oils than it would be using acrylics.

I just use a very soft brush to fan out the colours :) A kolinsky filbert usually does the trick.

I have a video of me painting the underlayers of the birds' wings, if you'd like a reference -

[link]

Hope this helped!
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mary8888 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks^^
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   General Artist
Holy cow! :la: This is amazing! i love the colors, they're absolutely stunning! I really like how the expression is, and the birds are realistic as well.

The colors are amazing, and the palette is awesome. I really happen to love the temperature of the piece. Really beautiful.

:clap:

Awesome, Katie!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the colours too. Thank you for commenting!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   General Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconairelavart:
AirelavArt Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Complimenti! E' meraviglioso!!!!!!!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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AirelavArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Vieni a vedere la mia 'piccola' galleria di lavori se ti va, mi farebbe piacere una tua piccola critica. Un saluto :)
Ps. ancora complimentissimi per i tuoi lavori.
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CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Writer
Finally got the print of this and it looks amazing by the way in a 9x12 scale but I'm saving up for the bigger size now ;)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm curious, did you get it in glossy, or matte? I bought a glossy postcard of it (as I do with all my paintings, for proofing) and it turned out rather dark.
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CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Writer
I have a glossy photo print, I'll see if I can get it in lustre and matte too hopefully the same size before I get the bigger scale version, and it's a bit dark but that's meant to be normal for them apparently.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
argh, I meant to say "Thank you" at the end and hit tab+enter too quickly :(

Thank you! :heart:
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CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Writer
It's okay :)
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No, actually it is not. Like I said, I have glossy postcards of everything I've painted since 2010, and they are -extremely- accurate to what I see on multiple screens. I wonder if it's some sort of glitch :/ Do let me know how the lustre and matte turn out if you do get them, so I can decide on whether or not to brighten them up a bit, or to file a complaint.
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CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Writer
Well I have done some comparisons between all three print finishes and as far closely matching the original the Lustre finish seems to be closet the glossy and matte are a little darker.

Hope this helps :)
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CharonLloyd-Roberts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Writer
Okay I got paid recently so I can get both versions either today or tomorrow :)
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f-ix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I love this and the August 2009 version - so much improvement! :wow:

Your technique and skills have evolved into masterful, seriously! :nod: Everything is majestic - I'm impressed by how you managed to make all the contrasting elements blend together so harmoniously ... plus, her expression is priceless. :) One's just bound to wonder how bewildered and surprised she was at the awkwardness of it all. :D

You're an incredibly talented artist, Katie! :clap:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love that you read her expression so accurately! :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts :love:
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f-ix Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
My pleasure! Thank you for being awesome. :D
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
What an improvement to the previous versions :omg: I especially enjoyed following the progress of this painting on facebook :la: so amazing to see all the work that went into creating this piece :D
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww thank you! And for following the progress. Very glad you enjoyed this!
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Jenya88 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Ohh I love this! :wow: :dummy:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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